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#1
Hey, I should be acquiring a new motherboard tomorrow but I don't ahve another case to put it in...

With regards to running a naked system, how do I go about this?

I mean as far as I can figure out, just putting it on a cardboard box and plugging everything in should go okay, right?

But in terms of cooling, will a big like 14" desk fan be enough to cool everything if I just blow it over the motherboard?

Thanks =D
 
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That's all there is to it, nothing complicated (I done this a few weeks ago:

 

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about the only thing i recommend doing other then what is shown in the pic is use something to get the mobo lifted off the box alittle. You can use stand-offs like you would in a case(don't have to put holes in the box just screw them into the board like normal) or use little plastic thumb tacks even thumb screws work nicely if you have alot of them. it makes sure there can't be a short and helps keep the bottom side of the board cool
 
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You still need to find a way to power up the pc, with a jumper or something.
 

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Hmmm, thanks :)

About the PSU also though, will it be okay upside down?

Cos mine has a fan on the bottom, so I don't think it'll enjoy sucking on a table

You still need to find a way to power up the pc, with a jumper or something.
Hmm true, how do I do that?
 

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hit the pins on the motherboard with a screwdriver, it will boot. Effectively you just need to short the two pins.
 

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Hmmm, thanks :)

About the PSU also though, will it be okay upside down?

Cos mine has a fan on the bottom, so I don't think it'll enjoy sucking on a table



Hmm true, how do I do that?
PSUs are fine upside down also you can sit it on its side.. If you have a old case you could get the wires going to the power switch. also if you have a 3pin fan that is dead or broken you could cut the wires off and use that. It has 3 pins and only 2 are needed but still works like a charm thats what i use for one of my rigs
 
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Hmm true, how do I do that?
Touch a screwdriver/knife to the 2 motherboard header pins for power.

Regarding cooling... If you have powered normal component fans on parts (CPU / Video / etc), typically cooling is better than in a case :)
 

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#10
Touch a screwdriver/knife to the 2 motherboard header pins for power.

Regarding cooling... If you have powered normal component fans on parts (CPU / Video / etc), typically cooling is better than in a case :)
Mmm, my case doesn't have any sides. It's just a frame

For that exact reason :p

The temps are still rubbish tho, it's just a hot room :(

So any screwdriver against the 2 power pins will do?

What about if I want a hard shutdown?
 

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Touch a screwdriver/knife to the 2 motherboard header pins for power.

Regarding cooling... If you have powered normal component fans on parts (CPU / Video / etc), typically cooling is better than in a case :)
cooling is better then a case sometimes but what i have found is that if you have a passive NB or SB on your board it gets hot without the airflow from the fans that you would have in a case.So if you have passive heatsink on the NB keep an eye on it. If it starts getting too hot you will have to place a fan to blow some air on it


if you want a hard shut down flip the switch on the PSU or just short the power pins with the screwdriver again
 

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Hmm thanks guys, I'll post up again tomorrow with the results

The motherboard I'm getting is known to be defective (P5N32 SLi Deluxe) I'm getting hold of it to try and see if it can be fixed, or find what's wrong with it at least

Cos if I get it working it'd be a second SLi rig, which would be sweeeeeet! :D

I mentioned in another thread what happened to it, was a loud bang, then the onboard sound did not function even after several formats, and the system got progressively slower and constantly crashed to the point of instability

Any ideas as to what that might've been?
 
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Did this when I had my old pentium 3, worked fine, no worries here, aint complicated. Problem is, I had a friend, a jerk who spilled beer on my hdd and it fried. So if you ve got friends like these, just keep em out of the room! :laugh:
 

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Did this when I had my old pentium 3, worked fine, no worries here, aint complicated. Problem is, I had a friend, a jerk who spilled beer on my hdd and it fried. So if you ve got friends like these, just keep em out of the room! :laugh:
Don't worry, I never let people in my house cos it's a dump! :D

Spilling beer would be an improvement...
 

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PSU's are fine on their side or upside down. Just make sure air flow is uninhibited. I use the PSU intake to keep the HDD cool. Naked rigs run cooler than cased rigs. Good luck!

 

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PSU's are fine on their side or upside down. Just make sure air flow is uninhibited. I use the PSU intake to keep the HDD cool. Naked rigs run cooler than cased rigs. Good luck!

http://img.techpowerup.org/090912/For sale 035.jpg
Holy $h1t that looks insanely amazing :)

Makes mine look weak and loserish :(

Didn't know a moving-parts hard drive would enjoy working at such an angle :p

Is it okay to put the mobo on vinyl also? Cos my desk is like vinyl wood effect on chipboard

Cos that way I can have both the PCs next to eachother and swap the monitor cables whenever I need to use one instead of the other =D
 
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I tested this and found it to be untrue. And my case is not intended to run cool.
They do in my situation. I will admit that I have extraordinary airflow!;)

 

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You have expensive stuff sitting in front of an open window. Of course, they'd be electrocuted if they tried to enter through the window... XD
 
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Nice idea to keep mosquitoes outta the room ;)
 

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um buck i am going to need your addy :D and for you to take some sleeping pills ;)

EDIT: oh wait i have your addy in a PM already. Take some sleeping pills tonight
 

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You have expensive stuff sitting in front of an open window. Of course, they'd be electrocuted if they tried to enter through the window... XD
I have no choice but to open the windows. Do you know how much heat 23 GPU's throw out? Besides, yard had 5ft fence and 2 large dogs, I am in a rural area with the rear of the house not visible from the street, and windows are always closed when I'm not home.

um buck i am going to need your addy :D and for you to take some sleeping pills ;)

EDIT: oh wait i have your addy in a PM already. Take some sleeping pills tonight
I am now bolting the windows permanently shut.;)